7th Annual Hope Water Project 5k & Fun Run

A global pandemic didn’t shake our commitment to bring clean, life-giving water to the Pokot people of western Kenya – 
and you can be sure we won’t stop now!

The 7th Annual Hope Water Project 5k & Fun Run is back this year, whether you would like to join us in person or prefer the virtual option is up to you, just join us! We will be limiting in-person registrations to the first 500 participants, don’t delay…people are missing their HWP community, these 500 spots will go fast.  Virtual registration has unlimited spots available.

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To participate in this year’s 5k event (in-person or virtual) or the Fun Run, click one of the buttons below. The 5k cost is $35 with proceeds building clean water wells for the Pokot in Kenya. Invite family and friends to join the fun as well!

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Receive your finishers t-shirt at your campus the Sunday before the 5k.  Virtual participants will also receive their medals at this time, in-person participants will receive their medal at the Finish Line. Click “Shop” for other HWP apparel. 

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Join hundreds of others – from wherever you are – all for clean water. Please also post pics to your social media and  the Hope Water Project Facebook page so we can encourage and celebrate as a community.

Metro Detroit Campuses:
Troy | Saturday July 31
Traverse City | Wednesday July 21

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We are asking that participants either donate or commit to fundraising for this amazing cause.  Multiply your impact by setting up a fundraising page and inviting the support of your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers.  You never know who may feel the nudge to support you and your cause, people in your community do not mind ‘the ask’. Through clean water we are helping to raise up families, churches, schools, gardens and flocks. Clean water is only the beginning!

Click here to learn more about Hope Water Project and the impact that wells are having among the dearly loved Pokot.


What Does It Mean To Be On The Team?

We are grateful for you and your decision to be a part of the Hope Water Project community! Together, we can change lives!

We are here to support you and encourage you through the process; whether you are a walker, a runner, a cyclist, a volunteer or “outside the box” fundraiser – you are moving out and we appreciate

YOU are changing lives! As a team, we come together to train, to volunteer and to support and encourage one another. We participate in events through the year and we raise awareness of the need for clean water. Your fundraising helps to build wells that impact the lives of the Pokot

So your next step depends on what you want to do and how you want to step out!

A great first step is to join our mailing list to stay up to date on all our events and opportunities to jump in!

Next, visit our events page for upcoming opportunities to jump in. Sign up’s will be made available as we get closer to event dates and will be posted on the event page and emailed to our community.

And most important, setup your fundraising page ! Whether you walk, run, cycle or volunteer – everyone can participate in fundraising.

And last, connect with us. Follow us on social media and join us on our mission to provide clean water! 

How Do I Order A Jersey?

Visit our online store here and browse the selection of jersey’s and HWP swag! Various style Jerseys are available depending on the event and sleeve preference, be sure to browse the site and talk to your team members about various options available! We do place several orders per year, so be sure to join our mailing list for updates on when orders are begin made. Its recommended you train in your shirt at least a few times before your race/ride!

Team Email Communication

We use email as a main communication tool and encourage you to sign up for our emails if you haven’t already. If you’re not receiving emails from Hope Water Project, complete the online form here.

We are always here to answer questions, please email info@hopewaterproject.org at any time!

Social Media

We view social media as a great way to stay connected and reach out! We will post to the main Hope Water Project pages with updates and event information throughout the year so be sure to follow us!

Team Training Plans

Training plans are used to provide structure to your training and guide you through the process. The training plans we follow are available here and are created based on our annual event timelines:


Setup A Fundraising Page

Thanks for your commitment to Hope Water Project. By fundraising, you are raising awareness and bringing clean water to the Pokot! Remember that you are not selling a product that people don’t need. You are inviting people to join you in helping to provide the most basic necessity of life – CLEAN WATER.

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Setup Instructions:

Step 1: Login Here

— If you don’t have an account already, click the link to the login page and select Create New Account.
— If you do not remember your login, click the link to the login page and select Forgot Account.

Step 2: Complete the registration questions. You will be provided the opportunity to personalize your page with photos and text about your story. Tell people why you are doing this. The people who are donating to your are often supporting you just as much as the cause.

Step 3: Copy your unique URL and share it for people to directly access your fundraising page for donations.

Step 4: Donate to yourself. Demonstrate your commitment by donating to your own fundraising page!

Fundraising Tips

– You can still fundraise even if you are not participating in one of the main events! Have a bake sale, ask for donations in lieu of gifts – there are many ways to raise money!
– Donate to yourself! It’s a #1 rule – believe in yourself and trust that others will too!
– Don’t be afraid to ask. You will be surprised by who donates. Those people you are most afraid to ask are usually the most generous. If you asked once before, studies show that donors are more likely to donate a second time.
– Get creative. Host a fundraising party, hand out personalized business cards with your web page link, tweet about your training, have a lemonade stand, etc. Have FUN!
– Keep your friends and family updated on your training progress and fundraising goals. Utilize email and social media to share your story!
– Tell people about the Pokot, share videos posted to social media and the HWP website and help others see how they are making a difference.

– Send letters! People love mail, click here for a sample format for your fundraising letter.

You will then be directed to PushPay for payment.
For additional questions, please contact giving@kensingtonchurch.org or call 248.786.0637